M40+ and M50+ Masters show the way at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Championships

The M40+ quartet of Kenny Campbell, Frank McGowan, Kerry-Liam Wilson and Jamie Reid and the M50+ trio of Chris Upson, Paul Thompson and Colin Feechan were worthy winners at the Scottish Cross Country Relay Champs at Cumbernauld on Saturday 24th October. With Jamie, Kerry-Liam and Kenny recording the 3 fastest masters’ times and Frank 6th fastest it was not surprising that this was the club’s 5th consecutive victory in this national championship. Also thanks to Colin, Chris and Paul recording the 2nd, 3rd and 10th fastest times in their age group the M50+s regained their age group title. Indeed, the depth of the club’s older runners saw them finish their B team of Tony McCutcheon, Brian Campbell, Justin Carter and Mick O’Hagan in 5th and their C team of Dan O’Connell, Craig Harrow, Dave Thom and Scott Hunter in 11th place from 20 competing teams.

The under 20 and senior men team of Stuart Gibson, Ryan Thomson, Robert Gilroy and Kyle McLellan put in a sterling performance to finish just outside of the medals in 4th place. Ryan was rewarded with the 3rd fastest time by an under 20 and Kyle was the 11th fastest senior. The B team in 14th position was well served by two other fast improving under 20s Ross Stephen and Craig Jardine and ably supported by Willie MacRury who made the long round trip from Stornoway and Gordon Robertson. The C squad of Alasdair Campbell, Scott Sommerville, Ian Lafferty and George Pettit finished a creditable 35th from 88 competing teams.







Our ladies team had to do without the services of 3 Scottish internationalists. Sarah Benson is now living in England, Katie Bristow is on a year’s athletics scholarship in the USA and Eve MacKinnon now at Edinburgh University was representing her university team. In spite of this our ladies team of Alex Lamond, Kirsty Anderson and Caitie Gordon-Phillips finished a very creditable 21st from 52 competing teams. It was good to see Caitie running again after a long injury spell.

Our young athlete male A team comprising an U13, U15 and U17 acquitted itself well. Sean Friel, Drew Pollock and Struan Paton with the 5th fastest time of the day combined well to finish 7th from 90 teams. The B team of Euan McLew, Ryan Stephen, and Gavin Smith were 25th followed by the C team of Aaron Grew, Andrew Arhurs and Lewis Tracey and the D squad of Michael Black, Chris McLew who was our fastest U15 and Eamon Carr. Robbie Woods and Ruairidh MacGregor ran in an incomplete E team. The same format was used in the young female athlete event and Niamh Riggins, Lauren McEwan and Christie Dalgleish put in a solid performance in 22nd place from 77 teams. The B team of Chloe Burton, Carla Fay and Katie Moss secured 58th spot and Demi Scott and Hannah Lang were in an incomplete C team.

Congratulations to all our runners and many thanks to our officials, coaches, parents and supporters.

David Cooney


Tempo Tuesday!

Hi All

Firstly a reminder that the winter schedule can be found here – http://cambuslangharriers.org/?page_id=804 –

Secondly, Tuesday 27th Oct sees our first "Tempo Tuesday" of the autumn, as you'll know it's the "Clyde Gateway" run colckwise, so the idea is, easy jog run up to the starting point as a group, have a chat, catchup on how everyone got on at the weekend, then as you pass the juntion of King St and Queen St switch to tempo run at up to 10k race pace, keep this going until you reach the big junction at London Rd/Fullarton Rd, catch you breath reassemble with those finishing around you, then gentle warm down back to the club.

map of the tempo section below, please take care at junctions, particuarly Dalmarnock Rd and also Springfield Rd.


Short Report on Schools XC races 19th Sept


On Saturday Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers hosted cross country races for local and surrounding primary and secondary pupils.  The event which was part of the club’s community lottery funded project to promote health and fitness among younger people attracted 108 participants across the various school age groups.  On crossing the finishing line all pupils received a medal for their efforts
In the opening run for P6/7 girls Charlie Frew from Hunter Primary in East Kilbride was the winner ahead of Rhiannon Morris from Hillside and Eilidh Kennedy from James Aiton.  In the corresponding run for boys Josh Keegan, Hallside, was the first to cross the line with Robbie Woods, Bankhead, second and Callum Young, St Brides, third. 


In the S1/2 girls event Fernhill’s Holly McIndoe  led home Christie Dalgleish and Niamh Riggins both from Trinity High.  Trinity High had the first finisher in the boys event thanks to Sean Friel with the Stonelaw High duo of Max Monteith and Michael Black filling the second and third spots.
In the older S3 – 6 age group Fernhill had a clean sweep with Shiobhan McBride, Sophie Lowe and Hannah McFadyen taking the top three places.  However, in the boys event honours were shared between Trinity High, Strathaven Academy and Cathkin thanks to Tracey Lewis, James Cathie and Euan Kennedy.

The club is indebted to the National Lottery for helping to fund this event and would also like to thank all participants involved and their parents and teachers.  Also many thanks  to the members of Ronhill Cambuslang who organised the run.
The club welcomes new members from the age of 10 plus who are able to run at least one mile without stopping.  Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.00 pm from the Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club on Langlea Road.

Schools Cross Country results

initial results below, well done to all who took part and helped out on the day

SCHOOLS ENTRY LISTS -all-results 2015


photos also 

Running Seminar

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers will be hosting a running seminar open to all clubs on Preparation for the Cross Country Season and Peaking for your Target Race.  The two guest speakers are Freya Ross and Mark Pollard with Mike Johnston chairing and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Freya is a multi Scottish Champion on country, road and track, GB Internationalist and a Commonwealth, European and Olympic Representative.  Mark is a double winner of the Scottish Senior Cross Country Championship and coach to Johnny Glen, Scottish U20 Cross Country Champion and GB Internationalist, and to Josh Kerr, the U20 European 1500M Champion.  Therefore, given their experience and achievements this should be a worthwhile and instructive evening just prior to the cross country season.

The seminar is being held on Friday 2nd October at 7.15pm in Cambuslang Sports Club, Langlea  Road, G72 8HG.  Tickets are priced at £2 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. There is a limited number of tickets available on a first come first served basis.  If you wish to reserve your ticket with payment being made on the night please email davidccooney@gmail.com

Schools Cross country races

a reminder that the Club hosts the 





see poster for more details Schools-poster




The club fielded an M35 6-man team and a 3-man M55 team along with an incomplete over M35 B team at the British Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 16th May. The long journey was made worthwhile as the M55 trio won team gold and the M35 sextet team silver.

The M55 race kicked off first with Paul Thompson on the opening leg. Paul was nervous considering he had had a bad experience last year when he was forced to stop and withdraw from the race on the final leg due to being unwell. On top of that he had been nursing a hamstring injury over the last month and had not trained much. His aim was to run steadily round the course and to hand over to Colin Feechan without putting too much pressure on his hamstring. Paul executed his plan very well to run his own race and finished 6th in 17:43 for the tough undulating 3 mile course. Colin had been assigned to work his way through the field and he brilliantly turned a 40 second deficit on the leader into an impressive 53 second lead. His clocking of 17:10 was the 3rd fastest time of the day which was only a few seconds slower than the first 2 finishers on leg 1 who had the benefit of an open race situation. It was left to Iain Campbell to anchor the squad to victory. Iain too was nervous not having raced for a year. However, as always he gave his usual 100% effort and increased our lead at the finish to 74 seconds with a time of 17:32 seconds. Last year’s winners Woodford Green overhauled Wirral in the closing stages to settle the silver and bronze medals.

The final race of the day saw the M35 and M45 runners compete for their respective awards. We had initially planned to field an over 45 quartet but this fell through as Charlie Thomson was drafted into the over 35 team from the older age group. Charlie and Scott Hunter for the B team led off. Charlie after a long period of injury had been getting himself fit again and had enjoyed some testing Saturday morning training reps with Stevie Wylie and was keyed up for the challenge ahead. Unfortunately things did not work out as planned as he finished in 57th place with a time of 17:26 with Scott 69th in 18:06. Anyone who knows Charlie will know that he does not offer any excuses but I will on his behalf. He had not been feeling 100% on the journey down the previous evening and on the morning of the race and obviously this was a mitigating factor. Over 3 decades Charlie has consistently put in inspiring and gritty performances to significantly help the club win medals at local, district, national and UK level. It was to be payback time for the remaining 5 runners to get the club back into the race and then into a medal position.

Robert Gilroy was now to take up the daunting challenge of eating into a 2 minute 25 second deficit behind the leader and 1:57 deficit behind eventual winners Thames Hare and Hounds. Undoubtedly Robert was the man for the task as he sliced through the field overhauling 48 runners to put the club into 9th place. Robert’s time of 14:47 was not only a club record taking 4 seconds off John Cowan’s time but was to be the 2nd fastest time of the day beaten only by Morpeth’s in form Ian Hudspith’s 14:31 on leg 4. The club was now 1 minute 26 seconds behind the leading club Thames Hare and Hounds. Debutant Frank McGowan making his comeback to the sport after a long break gained 22 places for the B team with an encouraging time of 16:44. Hopefully his performance on limited training will encourage him to train and compete more.

Jamie Reid’s plucky 16:16 stint, the 6th fastest on this leg, moved us up to 8th position and closer to the teams immediately in front although THH had increased their lead to 1 minute 57 seconds with Salford only 1 second behind. Mick O’Hagan gained another 9 places for the B squad with a time of 17:31. By halfway multi Scottish Masters Champion Kerry-Liam Wilson had put us into the bronze medal position and reduced THH’s lead to 1 minute 23 seconds and 2nd placed Salford to 51 seconds. Kerry was rewarded with the 2nd fastest time on his leg.
Iain Reid with 15:47, the 2nd fastest on leg 5, continued RHC’s comeback to snatch 2nd place from Salford in the closing stages and to cut back THH’s lead to 53 seconds. Stevie Wylie now set off on the last leg in pursuit of the leader while fending off an early counter challenge from the Salford runner and from the advancing Preston Harriers. Although Stevie ran 15:36 and the 2nd fastest leg as he closed the gap on THH to 24 seconds at the finish, he had run out of distance, but silver medals had been secured in what can only be described as a dramatic comeback. Spare a thought for Salford who had been in a medal winning position throughout the race until the last 400 metres when overhauled by the fast finishing Preston runner Robert Affleck.

Both results were testimony to the strong club spirit and competitiveness of our runners. Thanks also to Owen Reid for his support on the day and to Colin who dealt with the team entries, travel and accommodation. It also continued RHC’s excellent record in this UK championship with the club having won 7 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals across the age groups in recent years.

It was good to meet up with 2 of our athletes living in England Kenny MacPherson and Neil Wilkinson who now in the M45 category ran 16:26 for Tynebridge and 16:49 for Morpeth.

Well done also to The M35 Kirkintilloch Olympian team of Graham McCabe, Stephen Allan, Robert Keenan, Howard Elliott, David Hogg and Louis O’Hare who finished a creditable 10th on their debut. Perhaps more Scottish clubs will participate next year and RHC will be able to field teams in the M35, M45, M55 and M65 age groups!

David Cooney

M55 Winning Team

M55 Winning Team

M35 Silver Medalists

M35 Silver Medalists


The summer season began on a high note for Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers. On an unusually warm Easter Sunday the club won team gold in the Scottish 10 mile road championship held at Strathclyde Park in conjunction with the Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile race. Robert Gilroy in 4th place with support from Kerry-Liam Wilson and Stevie Wylie in 10th and 11th spot were the 3 club counters. Unfortunately Bobby Bristow in 12th place and only 1 second behind Stevie missed out on a Scottish gold medal. Bobby, however, had the consolation of recording a personal best time of 53.46 for the distance. Kerry-Liam and Stevie also gained individual silver and bronze medals in the 040 category behind Irvine’s David Miller. Kerry-Liam had twice previously won the vet race and Stevie the open race both in 1993 and 2003 with times of 47.29 and 48.25. Although Robert surrendered his Scottish title he had the consolation of reducing his pb to 51.02 as well as winning team gold. Shettleston finished 2nd team with Bellahouston Harriers packing well to secure a well deserved 3rd place in the Scottish team championship. In the individual event Craig Ruddy from Inverclyde AC dug deep to hold off Shettleston’s Tewolde Mengisteab with Corstorphine’s Michael Crawley not too far adrift. tomscottteam










The club had 9 other athletes completing the course. New member Willie MacRury in 56.01 and George Pettit in 57.36 both smashed their pbs by 6 minutes while James Healy, Colin Feechan and Alick Walkinshaw also recorded personal bests. Dan O’Connell 63.19, Justin Carter 65.59, David Stirling 79.39 and John McLuskey 83.05 all made their debut at this distance.

Elsewhere over Easter Alasdair Campbell won the Pollock 5K Parkrun where Des Dickson recorded a pb as did Justin Carter at Strathclyde Park. Both David Fearweather and Kirsty Grant also made a welcome return to competition there while Eddie Carr made his debut in an ultra distance event to successfully complete the Glasgow to Edinburgh race. David Cooney


All’s well that ends well so the saying goes and this turned out to be the case for Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers at the Scottish National Road Relays held at Livingston on Sunday. In the week leading up to the event there was an unprecedented number of call offs due to injuries and illness. However, our athletes co-operated well with the numerous changes to the teams which were made even up to the last minute. On the day we were delighted to retain our over 40 and 50 vet team titles and to win team bronze in the junior/senior event.
In addition, our 2 competing ladies were in 4th position at the halfway point in the race.

Our over 50 team of Dave Thom, Paul Thompson, Chris Upson and Colin Feechan led their age group from start to finish which was not surprising as Dave and Chris recorded the 2 fastest short legs of the day and Paul and Colin did likewise over the long stage. This was our 3rd successive victory in the 3 year history of the race and Dave and Colin have featured in all 3 winning teams. It was good to see former member Michael Freshour bring Bellahouston Harriers home in second place with Central AC 3rd. May I suggest that Scottish Athletics award silver and bronze medals to encourage more clubs to enter teams in this age group as is the case in the Scottish Cross Country Relays.


M50 winning Team







Our over 40 sextet of Jamie Reid, Kerry-Liam Wilson, Craig Harrow, Greg Hastie, Mick O’Hagan and Stevie Wylie emphatically secured our 5th consecutive victory. Jamie who is getting back to fitness after bouts of recurring cold/flu over the last few months put us into 2nd spot which turned out to be the 2nd fastest vet time overall. Once Kerry – Liam with the 3rd fastest vet time of the day put us in the driving seat the 4 remaining runners added to our lead. Craig although a regular at club training nights for the last few years had not competed for over 25 years. However, he confirmed his training form in a race situation to extend our lead. Greg and Mick put in their customary reliable performances leaving the glory leg to Stevie. Stevie continued his comeback from a long injury spell to record the 2nd overall fastest vet O40 time only 5 seconds behind David Miller’s clocking. Well done to Kirkintilloch Olympians and Shettleston in finishing 2nd and 3rd. Our vets B team of Daniel O’Connell, James Healy, Tony McCutcheon, Alick Walkinshaw, Des Dickson and Brian Campbell finished a creditable 5th.

16970742885_52de10ef27_z4 of the winning M40 sextet








The junior/senior race developed into a 2 horse battle between Kilbarchan and Central AC with the latter prevailing and securing their first team victory in this event. The fight for the bronze medal was between ourselves and Corstorphine as we gradually reeled them inbefore overtaking them on leg 4. Al Campbell set a course pb in bringing us home in 4th place and 8th fastest overall with Robert Gilroy on a very competitive leg dropping back to 7th. However, under 20 Ryan Thomson in his race debut put us back into 4th spot with the 5th fastest time of the day.

16943530856_f0f4bda0e9_zCarolAnne giving Ryan some encoragement







Stuart Gibson with the 11th fastest clocking overall overhauled
Corstorphine’s Keith Hood to give outgoing runner Bobby Bristow a narrow lead of 5
seconds over former member Donald Macauley.


16782291878_2070b002f2_zBobby with a course pb and 10th fastest of the day justified his late promotion to the first team by extending our lead to 14 seconds.






However, 3rd place was not yet secured as Kyle McLellan faced a fierce counter attack from
Corstorphine’s Howell Craske.  


16350307903_bbc663f496_zKyle rose to the challenge starting out strongly and extending our lead to 78 seconds at the finish. In so doing Kyle recorded the 12th fastest time overall.








16348315574_987148cf2e_z5 of the 3rd placed junior/senior team







Due to call offs the B team was a mixture of young and old, experienced and inexperienced athletes. Under 20 athlete Ross Stephen showed that he was recovering his form to hand over to George Pettit in 20th position which George maintained. The experienced Ben Hukins recovering from last month’s appendix operation gained 4 places and promising novice runner Alasdair Campbell moved us up to 14th. Veteran but recently new runners Iain Crawford and Eddie Carr were put in at the deep end to manfully complete the team which in the end finished only 22 seconds behind our vets B team. 3 others ran in a 6th team. Under 20 800m specialist John Ball kicked the team off with new members John McLuskey and David Stirling following on.

11098000_828907200479425_5773953509210184405_oFirst year under 20 Eve MacKinnon got the club off to a good start in finishing 5th which was the 7th fastest time of the day. Katie Bristow took up the challenge and pulled us up to 4th place with the 13th fastest time overall. Unfortunately our participation in the race ended at this point.








Well done to our 33 runners who took part and generated excellent team spirit and a big thanks to our coaches, other club members, parents and friends who supported and encouraged our athletes. Thanks also to Colin Stephen our race photographer. Last but not least a special thanks to Alan Ramage who volunteered his services as a steward. I am not sure whether he managed to fit in taking some photos as well.
It was pleasing to see Wegene Tafese returning to racing with a fine victory over a strong field at the Birnam Hill Race. Club captain Iain MacCorquodale was last years winner.

David Cooney


photos by Bobby Gavin, Alan Ramage and Colin Stephen

National Cross Country Feb 22 – results update

Following a review, it appears that the club retained the AT Mays Trophy at the National Cross County Championships in Falkirk. This trophy is awarded to the best male club across the 5 different age groups at the Scottish XC Champs. 

Originally we tied with Central AC but lost to them on the tie break which is the relative position of the 2 clubs in the senior men's race.  However, a mistake in calculating the results was made on the day which wrongly awarded the trophy to Central.  Well done, therefore, to our junior boys,  junior men and senior men who were 4th team, to our youths who were 8th and to our senior boys who were 2nd.  Your team places retained this prestigious award for the club.

The club has won this trophy for the 4th year in a row and overall on 20 of the 27 occasions since it was introduced.  It is a tremendous achievement to have been so consistently successful over such a long period.  A big thanks is due to our athletes, coaches, officials, parents and supporters.  Well done.

David Cooney